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Spades is four player card game. Your objective is to gain points by successfully bidding on the number of tricks you will win in a round. Be the first team to reach the set point amount and you'll win.
A spade is a tool with which a person digs through the earth. The first spades were made out of graven wood.
The game of spades was introduced in Cincinnati, Ohio sometime between 1937 and 1939.
Until recently, spades has been relatively unknown in areas outside of the United States except in a few places where American troops have been stationed. However, recently, spades' popularity has drastically risen and the game has spread internationally in the form of online card rooms and tournaments.